Union vows to bring Joburg to a standstill

2011-08-17 12:03

Johannesburg - Municipal workers will bring the Johannesburg CBD to a standstill this week, the SA Municipal Workers' Union said on Wednesday.

"We expect the town to be standing still; we will fill Simmonds from the top," Gauteng provincial secretary Ntsikelelo Klaas told journalists in Johannesburg.

Municipal workers downed tools on Monday demanding an 18% pay rise, with employers, the SA Local Government Association, offering 6.08%.


Klaas disputed reports that workers in the province had boycotted the strike over allegations of corruption and were at work across the province.

"Members may be at work but they are not working," he said.

However, the City of Johannesburg reported that 90% of its employees were working, with a similar situation in Tshwane.

"In Tshwane members are out, in Ekurhuleni members are out, in Vaal members are out," Klaas said.

He said it was only in Johannesburg where the strike was slow to gain momentum.

"In might be slow in Johannesburg but in Gauteng as a whole, our members are out on strike."

He urged members not to be diverted and said the issues of corruption had to be dealt with separately.

Workers would march for their wage demands and also in protest against the municipal amendment bill, dubbed the cadres bill.

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  • Kevin - 2011-08-17 12:10

    Its about all they are good at. I say 1% increase,Retrench 50% and put the rest on short term goals.

      saabnut - 2011-08-17 12:15

      I say fire them all and employ foreigners who actually want to work, and don't resort to violence every time they don't get their own way. Savages.

      ratex - 2011-08-17 12:19

      Ya and they nogal want an 18% increase? Based on what? Most of us have some kind of appraisal system in place and merely doing your job does NOT mean you will get an increase. The over and above part, justifies an increase. I honestly believe that most employees in govt departments would be fired for incompetence if they ever worked in our "free enterprise sectors". Most of these people should be thankful that they have a job and that they work in a gov't department and are protected. But no, we want we want we want thats all that comes out of their mouths. Give them 24 hours to get back to work or summarily dismiss them and slap them with the breach of conduct clause. There are many more people who are looking for work

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 12:31

      Don't feed the troll. In the East Ront, we have had problems all year with erratic service and now they scream for more money?? So unintellegent! Tut tut

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 12:34

      @ O-Kay - you're there as well? Yup, me too. Service delivery by us is almost zero... a couple of weeks ago we had power outages for 4 days in a row and it's messed up our electrics :-(

      Winger - 2011-08-17 12:36

      @HolySnake... Dude please go headbutt a bullet! Thanks. Regards Winger

      willieman - 2011-08-17 12:48

      @saabnut "fire them all and employ foreigners who actually want to work"and exploid them financially and depot them immediatly when they complain ne!!!!

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 13:04

      Yes Matt:-), I have to live there, who is going to add class??? :D

      Kleinjan - 2011-08-17 13:06

      You LOVE struggling don't you?

      RobinB - 2011-08-17 13:15

      @holysnake - Steal a computer did you? You want to feel important by making comments that you know nothing of?? Do us a favour wont you?? P%ss off

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 13:18

      @ O-Kay - well the part of the East Rand I'm in, it's weird... kinda run down, not very special and Ekurhuleni doesn't help at all, yet the area I'm in has some sort of "homely charm". And of course, when all else fails, "as least it's not Brakpan" lol! I'm assuming when they say they'll "protest" in Erkuhuleni, that'll be in Germiston CBD - so if they trash the place, nobody will notice ;-) not the nicest of places anymore. Gets better once you head towards Lambton though. Shame, my wife's uncle died in March, he lived in Driehoek - he was known in the area as the last white guy to live in Driehoek...

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 13:20

      "Members may be at work but they are not working," he said." No change there then...

      Linda C - 2011-08-17 13:22

      Kevin, not all municipal workers deserve your disdain. I work for the City of Joburg and work my butt off in rather trying circumstances and with almost no resources. I get paid a pittance compared to those in the private sector and those high up in the City. Give some thought to those of us who are trying to keep the municipalities running and do not come out on our monthly salaries.

      Neil - 2011-08-17 13:24

      Exchange Rate before the strike started R6.63 = 1$ US. Exchange Rate today+ R7.13 = 1$ US. Please do carry on striking. My salary remitted from Dubai increases itself thanks to the strike. Hope we hit R8 by the end of the month. Will give me a very nice increase and I did not have to make a nuisance of myself.

      Henk - 2011-08-17 13:27

      ratex, Good comment. Zimbaweans are much better workers!

      Henk - 2011-08-17 13:29

      Vote for the ANC, so you can Strike against the ANC. Aaah, now I get it

      call a spade - 2011-08-17 13:31

      holy snake idiots like you will struggle till they die..

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 13:40

      @ Neil - if your bank is kind, that is... last week Tuesday I saw the Rand plummet to 12.12 to the Pound. I rushed to the ATM to draw money, it was 12.02 ... when HSBC captured the withdrawal, they charged it at 11.42 ... which it hadn't been at any stage in the week. The 12.02 was the bank rate btw (what they're actually supposed to charge) - complaint laid ;-)

      Virginia - 2011-08-17 13:43

      Holysnake you are the biggest moroon,that you have the mentality to side with the scum out there in the streets, you people have no idea what you are doing to YOUR country.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-17 13:49

      Theres a certain bridge that I think they should stand beneath when toyi-toying...

      Virginia - 2011-08-17 13:49

      lindaC I have been working in the private sector for 30 years,and I am now only earning R6000 per month as an office manager.Your people have to understand that, there is no work out there for anyone un skilled, you have to keep your job at all costs, and live according to the pay packet. We have a sweepeer who works in our factory earning on a five week month R5800.00, and what does he doe, has all the electronics a household can have, and still has to borrow during the month for transport. Where is ones priorities, this is the b ig problem in SA, alcohol and cigarettes before food.

      Neil - 2011-08-17 14:07

      @Matt: Good Work! Did not have that problem before with my bank. Lets take only a 1000$ as example. R6.63 & 1000$ = R6630 (Previous rate before the strike) R7.13 x 1000$ = R7713 (Current rate as of today) R1083 increase on every 1000$ an expat earns. Thanks to the idiots striking I am getting an even much bigger increase then they are demanding and making a nuisance out of themselves for. (The ripple effect of the stupidity of the current goverment, do not want to enrich white people but they do it indirectly.) Now you know why South Africans work abroad.

  • IC1 - 2011-08-17 12:11

    Lazy layabouts, shoud get fired not a raise!

      MR. Pretorius - 2011-08-17 13:42

      At the end of the day they have to explain to their hungry children that their greed is the reason why there is no food on the table.

  • gcr - 2011-08-17 12:11

    If these strikers trash or loot in Jburg then Cele must invoke his shooting policy - take no prisoners

      Ockert - 2011-08-17 13:12

      In Vereeniging they trashed the town with police protection around them all the way. So what good are the police in any case - just to also mug , steal and kill.

  • Pickle - 2011-08-17 12:12

    Let them run wild, let them break stuff, let them rob people maybe then the government will actually put a stop to this union business once and for all. Can they not see that the country is being held to ransom by their 'unions' tsk

      Moira - 2011-08-17 12:45

      That's the point - ransom. Unions have a place when not abused, but this is just plain rubbish (pun intended).

  • bill - 2011-08-17 12:14

    negotiation by using violence.With jobs hard to come by , these thugs should be put onto the streets with the other rubbish they strewed.

  • Damian Newell - 2011-08-17 12:16

    There are too many people in this country... Bottom line

      willieman - 2011-08-17 12:43

      You included

      Damian Newell - 2011-08-17 15:01

      @willieman, what's your point? Afraid of the truth? You're also included... This population level is unsustainable, hence people get more poor and poverty stricken. There's no money to keep giving to people, so then strikes become violent because otherwise worker's feel they won't get what they want.

      emile.marais - 2011-08-17 17:59

      Damian, there are to many people on this planet. I say global population should be 0. All Humanity's problems would be solved then. Isn't that so willieman?

      Damian Newell - 2011-08-18 10:21

      @emile.marais yes I agree to a point. This planet could absolutely thrive if it was sustaining a population much lower than the current. It has for millions of years before. I think 0 is a bit extreme, humans on a small scale would simply be part of the natural ecosystem. Humanity now, on the other hand, is simply the earth's biggest virus, festering and festering day by day.

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-08-17 12:18

    samwu, this time im dumping my trash at your offices

      JakibZoomer - 2011-08-17 12:23

      Thats a fantastic idea!! I will join you!

      MetEishYa - 2011-08-17 12:34

      Great idea, do you have an address for SAMWU?

      Jake TrouserSnake - 2011-08-17 12:50

      SAMWU JHB Head Office 84 Frederick Street, cnr Von Brandis 6th floor SAMWU house. Marshalltown Johannesburg

      Totman - 2011-08-17 13:06

      Brilliant Idea!!! You guys close-buy DO IT!!!!

      RobinB - 2011-08-17 13:11

      Can I join.. Ill bring all my rubbish from the North West!! Bastards!!!!

      call a spade - 2011-08-17 13:38

      i agree it is an good idea but then...these scoundrels like rubbish an filth...wont bother them.

      Pickle - 2011-08-17 13:39

      Dude that's a brilliant idea. boycot their striking by dumping at their offices. the entire country should get involved. anybody know of any other offices in other regions?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 13:42

      Von Brandis? Man I used to walk there all the time... dumping rubbish won't make too much difference to the scenery hey ;-)

      LittleBootsy - 2011-08-17 21:44

      no use doing that - they're used to trash, they are trash, they cannot exist without trash. They will even steal the trash........ok well, on second thought, that might just indeed be the solution.

  • echo - 2011-08-17 12:20

    "Members may be at work but they are not working," he said. lol!!! Sounds like a normal day then!!

      Ockert - 2011-08-17 13:15

      trying to sign in for salary purposes, to avoid the no work no pay.

      mobiles - 2011-08-17 13:30

      @ echo ! 110% correct :)

      morgary - 2011-08-17 14:16

      No they are in my liquor store every day !

  • DJI - 2011-08-17 12:21

    Some wants to build a country, others wants to destroy it. Which one are the unions?

      RobinB - 2011-08-17 13:12

      Ill give you 2 guesses but I think youll only need one!!!

  • Winger - 2011-08-17 12:21

    The mindset of these strikers is actually f-ing mindboggling. 'Let's trash the cities, screw with the countries economy, demand 18% when realisticly we'll receive maybe 8%, then go back to work, already havin lost more than we can make up with the increase we receive and we have to clean up all the S**t that we just trashed!' Unbelievable

      Jake - 2011-08-17 12:26

      You can say that again, the brain power (or lack thereof) is out of this world!!

      Winger - 2011-08-17 12:42

      All I can do is applaud the samwu members who are boycotting these strikes. I have plenty time for all those people!

  • Fu Manchu - 2011-08-17 12:23

    "Members may be at work but they are not working," - I thought that's the norm? Hence, they are boycotting the strike? :)

      Appels - 2011-08-17 12:38

      I agree, protesting takes enegry, so they rather is in the office, like any other day, and do nothing!

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-08-17 12:31

    They can do what they want, but if they caused damages to properties, SAMWU must take resposibility for such damages caused.

      RobertKay - 2011-08-17 13:34

      Cape Town city councile is going to sue them. Quite right as well.

  • Moonica - 2011-08-17 12:33

    "Members may be at work but they are not working," The cynic in my couldn't help but wonder "so what's new?".

  • tom - 2011-08-17 12:35

    IOL reported yesterday that SALGA and unions had signed off on an 6.8% increase. Doesn't this cover the municipal workers too?

  • Mopkop - 2011-08-17 12:35

    Don't forget that it's the union bosses who negotiate the increases, etc. They also benefit a LOT from these wage increases - so they encourage the masses to take to the streets and disrupt business so that government in a sense has to comply with unions' demands. It's almost like the boss sending out his henchman to do the dirty work - while he sits back and smiles all the way home. Unions are starting to border on terrorism.

  • quickpick - 2011-08-17 12:36

    its about time, JOLLY GOOD FOR THEM!

  • Shorts1 - 2011-08-17 12:40

    Now is the time when the ANC Government need to take a strong stand by clearly demonstrating that they are not prepared to tolerate this thuggery and that they truely have full commitment to the economic interests of South Africa as a whole, by forcing their Cosatu allies back into line. If not, it will again be pretty clear that this ruling party doesn't give a damn about lawlessness, blackmail, intimidation and the constitutional, democratic rights of country's population.

      Truth24 - 2011-08-17 12:47

      You joking right? Must be cause Im laughing.

      ColinJo - 2011-08-17 13:42

      Have pity for the ANC. But then they brought it on to themselves with their ridiculous labour laws,

      LittleBootsy - 2011-08-17 21:48

      it's true.......... The ANC will definitely call a press conference tomorrow morning to state that they will do just that immediately............and then they lived happily ever after....among the trash

  • Moira - 2011-08-17 12:41

    Oh for goodness sake, when will people learn? This is not the way to go about it - we are supposed to be a democracy - where is SAMWU's control over their members? "It is our only hope" - well SAMWU, the more you destroy, the more it costs to replace and the less liklihood that you will get what you actually set out to achieve. In the long run, Klaaus, who do you think actually suffers? I doubt whether it is you. 18% in today's economy is ridiculous to say the least - read a newspaper and see that depressed economies are global, not just here. Some people, like me, did not even get an increase this year - but I have a job, unlike so many, many people. Thankfully, the area where I live in does not appear to be affected and I applaud the workers who are brave and decent enough to continue working.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-17 12:43

    I say conned by the union bosses! SAMU members have finally realised that the union bosses are stealing their union fees. That is what this strike is about. The union bosses want an increase. To achieve that they have to increase the wages then the union members will have more union fees deducted from the wage packages. So who are samu members actually rioting for? Themselves or the union bosses?

  • Moira - 2011-08-17 12:43

    Holy Snake - Your comments are inane and you are obviously a total idiot and a blight on your own people. Sitting behind a computer says a lot about you.

      Ai! Ai! - 2011-08-17 15:03

      Ai! Moira, How can you be so callous? I thought women to have more flair and sense than men, or is just a little more diplomacy required?

  • Tolerant - 2011-08-17 12:44

    Zero tolerance when you brake the law.

  • Tony - 2011-08-17 12:44

    Holy Snake obviously does not have the ability to figure out how much faster this country would descend into chaos and anarchy if the "SA whites morons" were to leave. Surely anybody with more than 2 brain cells must realize that you can't keep taking out without working together and putting something into the system?

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-17 13:11

      You couldn't find 2 brain cells in Holy Snake's family put together.

      schmerz - 2011-08-17 13:56

      He does not understand, he thinks that if you need money, you print money. I say it's about time to establish an independent Afrikaner country

  • skully - 2011-08-17 12:47

    Fire them all,and hire Zimbabweans. There are thousands of Zimbabweans who want to work, and for less money. This culture of entitlement, and if we don't get our own way we will behave like 2 year olds, needs to be wiped out.

  • tryanything - 2011-08-17 12:48

    The week is nearly over Too late.....

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-08-17 12:53

    Knock yourselves out!

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-08-17 12:53

    Forever Liberating, Never Free!

      smallboy - 2011-08-17 15:01

      Apartheid is/was a terrible disease/virus give us sumtime and Please Chill

  • Ann - 2011-08-17 12:56

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if they vowed to work for a change and not always be inconveniencing all of us - the taxpayers who pay their salaries?!!!

  • 50something - 2011-08-17 12:56

    The unions are determined to create chaos, even if the members don't want it. They only know how to destry and voilence. We had normal refuse collection service this morning - thanks guys.

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-08-17 12:56

    One day these dogs will realise they bit the hand that fed them.

  • Chris - 2011-08-17 12:57

    How will they get them to march. Beat up the members who refuse to come and march. The members are in the majority that can reason that the current demand is just pie in the sky.

  • AndV - 2011-08-17 12:58

    Be human and give these people 18% increase. It translate to R 800 per month! With all these service increases, tolls and soon the new NHS, how would you be able to live on R 4 500.00 per month? It is a disgrace. Every year it is the same story, managers get huge increases and bonusses and the poor gets poorer. They will trash everything, services will not be rendered and damage caused and then get a decent increase. Is this necessary????

      Borge - 2011-08-17 13:03

      They already earn a decent salary for the work the perform. Most trainee accountants ear approx. ZAR5000.00 per month. And they actually have a SKILL. Besides, this wage increase was negotiated previously. These Unions are just lying, thieving scumbags.

      Zeppie - 2011-08-17 13:23

      Remember that the 18% increase will go to the top management as well in die municipalities. So if you take a Director that receive R600 000 p/a (yes that is what they get) and give him/her 18%. That is an increase of R108 000. R9000 p/m. Remember the increase is for all the workers. So an 18% increase will at the end only give reason to ask more rates and taxes from the taxpayer.

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-17 13:05

    Third force!!! Lol.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-08-17 13:05

    Yeah, lets not get sidetracked with real issues like corruption... We'll deal with those issues when there's nothing left to steal.

  • Ollie - 2011-08-17 13:06

    Thanks the UNIONS - you are ruining this once great SA - pity none of you have any brains to work out the long term damage from these stupid strikes - 18% increase who gets that, especially when it's not earned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE THE UNIONS

      Ingie - 2011-08-17 13:34

      I agree and I wonder what cut the unions get from these strikes!!! all under handed. We never had this crap in the good ol' days

  • Big6CPT - 2011-08-17 13:08

    Rather stop and and thank your employer for your job. The workers and Union officials must either be stupid or can’t read. There is a recession in the world you stupid people. So typical of the unions. If you can bring something intellectual to the table then you strike and trash everything. Wake up..

  • callan - 2011-08-17 13:09

    Watch the video above of the bastards trashing the streets in Cape Town - One word ...... SAVAGES

  • Ingie - 2011-08-17 13:19

    Its about time the Govt namely ZUMA and his cronies stepped in and stopped all this crap. Does he not realize that this loses us money everyday and makes the economy worse. They sit like fat cats and let the Unions, Malema, taxi Assoc etc tell him what they want. Where does it stop. They are just allowed to do anything. Employ people who want to work from all races and are happy to have a job and what they earn. FIRE them all. Now we will see the drain rats running around in DBN and other larger cities. Hopefully they all get bitten.

  • nicholas - 2011-08-17 13:23

    really? your going to bring JHB to a stand still? then we will stand still when it comes to paying your salaries.

  • Ingie - 2011-08-17 13:24

    @ News24 - Why do you allow comments that HolySnake makes to be shown. He is a ruthless pig and maybe that is too nice for him. Its about time the Govt namely ZUMA and his cronies stepped in and stopped all this crap. Does he not realize that this loses us money everyday and makes the economy worse. They sit like fat cats and let the Unions, Malema, taxi Assoc etc tell him what they want. Where does it stop. They are just allowed to do anything. Employ people who want to work from all races and are happy to have a job and what they earn. FIRE them all. Now we will see the drain rats running around in DBN and other larger cities. Hopefully they all get bitten.

  • Zeppie - 2011-08-17 13:24

    Remember that the 18% increase will go to the top management as well in die municipalities. So if you take a Director that receive R600 000 p/a (yes that is what they get) and give him/her 18%. That is an increase of R108 000. R9000 p/m. Remember the increase is for all the workers. So an 18% increase will at the end only give reason to ask more rates and taxes from the taxpayer.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-08-17 13:25

    If you dont like what you are earning, leave and find a better paying job. Get your C.V. out to employment agencies and they will find you a well paying job. Oh wait, trashing streets and destruction of private property with singing and dancing like some demented fool does not look good on a C.V. Your parents and children must be so proud watching you destroy, burn and steal. What a great example you set for your kids. Imagine the conversation at supper time. "So how was your day, dear" "Well today we smashed a few car windows, beat up a few scab laboureres, trashed the city and through rocks at the police" and little Sipho thinks, " I want to be just like daddy"

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-17 13:25

    Mr. Klaas has a vivid imagination, and lies through his teeth. They're all the same, aren't they. Full of bullsh@t, and thievng money where they can! There would be no violence said Union officials, but they stood laughing and watching when employees (I can't call them workers) trashed the town! What a bunch of half brains.

  • - 2011-08-17 13:26

    This is why we have lawlessness in SA as the Unions and similar type threaten and Government and business gives in time and time again showing weakness in the eyes of the uneducated, all you have to do is threaten and destroy to get what you want with no recourse. Would like to see a firmer stance as negotiations for pay increases does not mean violence and destruction of property.

  • MrWhite - 2011-08-17 13:28

    Pure logic. The ANC gives so much power to the unions that they can do pretty much what they want. And the result, the astronomical unemployment we face. These people must just be happy that they have a job.

  • naturallysweet - 2011-08-17 13:29

    SIGH! As a single Mom, I know I will be getting the annual average 6% increase. I am so greatful for - my job, my pay, my increase, cos the increase will just cover the increase of - my rent, my pension, my medical aid, electricity, petrol, the proposed 1% on my salary for the SABC, the additional tax for the NHI. I'm quite happy too, to leave things as they are, cos if you look at the Paper Industry, the Motor industry, the Mines etc, 6 months from now at least 40% will have to be retrenched to cover the costs of the Increases demanded.

  • Neil Myburgh - 2011-08-17 13:34

    Holy snake, you are complete waste of skin, regardless of what color you are!

  • windweaver - 2011-08-17 13:34

    After the trashing in Cape Town and Durban I hope that they all get fired and employ the people who really want work.

  • JD - 2011-08-17 13:35

    @Holy Snake please tell your colleagues to not strike in Johannesburg.

  • pig - 2011-08-17 13:37

    fire them

  • Virginia - 2011-08-17 13:42

    Fire them and employ the Zimbabweans, they know how to work, pay them the same good wages that these street cleaners are getting. Shame on you South Africans, you call yourselves humanbeings. The trouble is n ot the workers but the Un ions, they require increases in their monthly membership fee, whats better then to organise a strike. People be thankful that you have a job in SA, this will all soon becoming to an end, as private business close down because of BBEE BEE, you will all be in the street, beware.